December 16, 2014

FACTS ABOUT INDIGENOUS CHICKENS

  1. Meat and eggs are tastier and preferred by most consumers to those obtained from commercial breeds
  2. Initial investment is less than that needed to keep commercial breeds
  3. More tolerant of harsh conditions, including diseases, than commercial breeds
  4. Can be fed on cheap, locally available feeds
  5. When allowed to range freely, they need little feeding or other care
  6. Women and youth often control income from chickens
  7. Local markets are readily available for both eggs and chickens
  8. Droppings are rich in nutrients: can be used for compost making, pond fertilizing and feed for livestock.
 Why improved management?

  • Survival rate of chicks can be increased from three to eight out of ten.
  • If you hatch your eggs and sell chicks, earnings can be much higher (up to 7-times higher) than if you simply sell the eggs.
  • Simultaneous hatching of hens (so all chicks hatch at the same time) makes planning for vaccinations easier.
  • By cooperating with neighbors, farmers with small flocks can access vaccines at more affordable rates.
  • Planning your production to meet high seasonal demand – such as at Christmas, Easter and other festivals can greatly increase your profits.
  • If hens are prevented from hatching their own eggs or brooding chicks, they will start to lay again more quickly – after just 21 days, instead of the usual three months.
 
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